FREE Blog Planner – January 2016

Free Blog Planner

I know, I know… January is almost over but I wanted to kick this series off as soon as I finalised designing my own blog planner.  In this blog post, I mentioned that I’m resolving to be more organised this year. And since blogging is pretty much my life, there’s no better place to start with that than here on Pink Peonies.  Whether you have a full-time job (you blog as a hobby) or you’re a full-time blogger, pre-scheduling posts is extremely important.  Towards the end of last year when things really started getting busy on the blogging front, I searched the internet high and low for the perfect blog planning printables.  I found a couple of pretty ones on Etsy, which would have cost me between R100,00 and R500,00 (and that excludes the cost of printing).  I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I created and designed my own.  And then I thought: Why not share it with my fellow bloggers?  I think it’s important for bloggers to support each other, and this is a small way for me to help you out.

There are A LOT of free blog planners out there on the internet that are much more detailed than mine.  For example Shell Shocked Mummy created this fab 50-page blog planner (printed it would be 200 pages) that takes everything you can think of into account i.e. analytics tracker, password keeper, goals pages etc.

The most important thing for me when I started designing my 2-page per week blog planner, was to keep it short and user-friendly.  I don’t want to have to write a whole lot of things down because it takes up unnecessary time (and my handwriting sucks), so I made use of tick boxes and only included the most important information.

I know blog planning might not be for everyone, each blogger has their own way of doing things BUT one thing that I have learned these past 3 years of blogging is that preparation and organisation is key.  It takes away a lot of stress and anxiety, and makes you feel like you’re on top of things.

Free Blog Planner Page 1

This is very much a work in progress and I would really appreciate it so much if you could give me suggestions on how I can update the blog planner to suit all bloggers’ needs.  And that’s why I’m making this a monthly download, because we might decide to include other information 3 months or 6 months down the line.  I’m also going to have fun with colours & special designs per month – maybe something cute for February (Valentine’s Day) and something egg-ceptional for April (Easter).  Keep in mind, though, I want to make the planner as generic as possible (suitable for bloggers who are working with brands on sponsored content and bloggers who are just starting out).  Anyone can use this planner – it’s not specific to beauty bloggers, or lifestyle bloggers or foodie bloggers.

You’ll also see the title of each block says “Today’s Post” and not “Today’s Blog Post”.  I did this because most of us don’t blog every single day BUT sometimes we upload an important blog-related image on Instagram or Facebook (which will then count as your post for the day).  I also included a small section on page 2 for bloggers who also film YouTube videos – just a little checklist to ensure everything is filmed for the video.

If you love fun fonts and happy colours – then I’m sure you’ll love this monthly freebie.  Here’s how it’s going to work:

♥  Each monthly blog planner will be downloadable in PDF format.

♥  I will post the new blog planner for the coming month on the last Friday of each month, that will give you some time to plan your blog posts for the days / weeks ahead.

♥  The blog planner doesn’t feature any dates, only days (I find it’s easier to work with that way) and I haven’t included Saturday and Sunday because I personally don’t post on Saturdays or Sundays.  BUT if you want me to include a weekend section, then let me know but bear in mind it might add another page to the weekly kit.

♥  Each monthly blog planner will contain 8 pages – Week 1 to Week 4 with 2 pages per week.

♥  On some occasions the month might start on a Friday, in which case it will still be part of the previous month’s kit (Week 4).  I don’t even know if that makes sense…?

Top Tip: If you print the monthly blog planner front and back, you’ll save paper and you’ll only have 4 pages to work with for the whole month.  I personally prefer it that way because I love trees.

Free Blog Planner Page 2

You can download Week 4 of January 2016 HERE.

Important: Please be respectful of copyrights.  I really do LOVE when you share my content, so feel free to link to this post, pin, and share on Facebook and Twitter. There are ‘share’ buttons at the bottom of the blog post – quick & easy!  But please do not upload the actual planner PDF to your blog or social media platforms.

Feedback, please:  I’m very open to creating more planning pages, and will include them in a separate download in case anyone isn’t interested in downloading a full kit.  For example I can create a 1-pager called ‘Blog Brainstorm’ (or something like that) which will be a monthly view (30 or 31 days / blocks).  You can start by filling in the public holidays first and then brainstorm blog post ideas for the month ahead.  You can then add in brand deadlines, blogging events, and collaboration dates.  I think it might be a good idea, as it will be a great quick overlook of the month ahead.  But the main idea is to keep this planner short & sweet.

Give me your ideas in the comments section below, and also let me know if this is even something you would use.  If it’s not really something that most bloggers are interested in, then I’ll slowly back away and we’ll pretend this never happened.

To recap, I will post 1 blog post towards the end of the month (last Friday of each month) that will contain the blog planner pages for Week 1 to Week 4.  That means February’s blog planner will be up next week Friday (29th January 2016).

P.S. I’m working on my next Blogging Tips blog post, it should be up in the next week or two!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!



  1. Desire McMaster 22 January 2016 / 10:46

    Lovely! You are truly a blessing to everyone who reads and follows your blogs. I am excited to start using some of the ideas, however I am not a beauty blogger at all. I have started with ideas on my first Pet sitting Newsletter… if you perhaps have some tips for first timers??? I love everything and anything to do with pets, especially flat nosed poochies. And since I enjoy doing what I do so much, I thought I would share some of the goodness and write a newsletter each month… but, I don’t know where to start. I have a WIX account and added the app to create the newsletter. Hope it works.
    Any advice would be appreciated. xxx

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 11:45

      H Desire – I work on Adobe Illustrator to create most of my designs, but you have to have access to vectors (graphics) in order to design things like these. You can create your own vectors as well but that’s definitely for the pros. I know some bloggers use ‘Canva’ ( to create some of their designs, but I’ve unfortunately never worked on Canva before. Canva is a free online service by the way. :) In terms of creating an actual newsletter that you can send to your subscribers or using a WIX account, I wish I could help you with that but it’s not something I’ve ever done before. 99% of what I’ve learned these past 3 years of blogging has been through doing research online, googling everything and anything I can think of and just persevering (even if it doesn’t work the first, second or third time). You’ll get there, I’m sure of it! :) xo

    • Justjenesequa 25 January 2016 / 20:34

      Hi Desiree, can I suggest using PowerPoint to create your newsletter. It’s very user friendly, you can edit pics, add columns pretty much anything with it. I use Photoscape free editing software and it’s also very user friendly. Gl on the newsletter

  2. Susann 22 January 2016 / 10:58

    Thank you

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 11:46

      You’re welcome, Susann. :)

  3. Shalane 22 January 2016 / 11:19

    Thank you so much for this Luzanne! I have been searching high and low for a quick and easy blog planner. Using a plain calendar sucks. I absolutely love the font and the colours. And can’t wait to see what the coming months will look like especially February. Your blog and yourself are truly amazing. Thank you again. x

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 11:46

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear you like the planner, Shalane. 😀 Thank you for always popping by the blog, I really appreciate your support. xo

  4. Candice 22 January 2016 / 11:41

    Thank you so much Luzanne!! This looks amazing I definitely want to get more of these it’s great to keeping things organized I love the entire layout it’s beautiful. I would really appreciate it if you could perhaps add a weekend section too – I am currently changing my blogging schedule around which does include blogging on weekend. ☺

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 11:48

      My pleasure, Candice – I’ll see what I can do about including a weekend section. Maybe I’ll add it as a separate page, so that only those who want / need a weekend section can download it. Happly planning! ♥

  5. Monique 22 January 2016 / 12:01

    Luzanne, you are such a winner! I have been searching all week for the perfect, concise blog planner! Thank you!

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 11:49

      You’re so welcome, Monique – glad to hear you’ll be making use of it. :)

  6. Prettiful Blog 22 January 2016 / 13:10

    I think this is an awesome idea! Thank you!

    Perhaps a list of press samples to review?

    I know I sometimes lose track of things I need to try out and perhaps write about if I like it.

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 11:51

      My pleasure, Azraa! 😀 Hmmm, let me know of how I can design the layout for something like that – what information would you want to include?

      1. Date it was sent to you?
      2. Brand name?
      3. Name of product?
      4. Deadline?

      What else do you think?

      • Prettiful Blog 25 January 2016 / 14:30

        Sounds perfect! And maybe type of product, to be able to classify the products together?

  7. Inge 22 January 2016 / 13:11

    These look amazing Luzanne! Thank you for sharing with your readers and putting so much effort into making them. I love your sense of humour! ‘I’ll slowly back away and we’ll pretend this never happened’ If I was sipping my tea at the exact moment of reading that, I would’ve spat it out towards my computer screen!! Looking forward to Febuary’s planner.

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 11:53

      I had a lot of fun designing them! :) Thank you so much for always leaving such positive comments, Inge – I really appreciate it. :)

      P.S. LOL @ potentially spitting the tea out. 😀

  8. Holly Morello 22 January 2016 / 14:25

    What a great idea and it looks so beautiful! My cousin is a blogger so I’ll send her over to your blog. :)

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 11:53

      Thank you for sending her over to this blog post, Holly. :)

  9. Kaleigh Lorusso 22 January 2016 / 15:58

    This is so awesome!!!!!!! Thank you, Luzanne, going to print it out tonight and start planning. XOX

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 11:54

      Yay! So happy to hear that, Kaleigh – I hope you enjoy planning your week ahead. 😉 xo

  10. Marné 22 January 2016 / 16:02

    Love hierdie Luzanne, dit sal definitief baie handig te pas kom, baie dankie!! Random, unrelated vraag, jou fotos vor hierdie post is stunning. Het jy dit self geneem of design jy dit online /koop/aflaai/whatever ?

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 11:59

      Dis ‘n groot plesier, Marné – ek is bly om te hoor jy sal hom kan gebruik vir jou beplanning. :)

      Hierdie spesifieke fotos het ek gekoop op Etsy (ek wens my fotografie was so amazing – ek werk nog daaraan), hier is ‘n link vir haar online shop:

      99% van my fotos op my blog is my eie fotos wat ek neem, maar partykeer is dit lekker om iets anders te gebruik (veral as dit by flatlays kom).

      My ultimate favourite stock shop is Shay Cochrane, maar haar fotos is ongelukkig heeltemal te duur vir my:

      Ek hoop dit help. :)

  11. Francesca Stinson 22 January 2016 / 16:04

    This is stunning, it must have taken you ages to design! Wow! Do you have a graphic design background / education?

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 12:01

      It took me a couple of hours, but I honestly didn’t mind because I love creating things like this – it’s fun, and helps me to unwind and be creative in a different way. I don’t have any type of graphic design background or education, everything I know is self-taught. :)

  12. Lily 22 January 2016 / 18:01

    Yay! These are SO pretty! What a great idea, Luzanne!
    xo, Lily

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 12:01

      Thank you for popping by the blog, Lily! Always nice to see your name come up in my comments section. :) xoxo

  13. Dee 22 January 2016 / 18:15

    I’m sure your fellow bloggers will love this, Luzanne. I’m not a blogger, but still read this blog post lol!

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 12:02

      Haha!! Now that’s a true Pink Peonies supporter! 😉

  14. Yolandi Wilken 22 January 2016 / 18:45

    Great idee, Luzanne! Ek download hom nou gou-gou en sal hom begin invul vir volgende week. ♥

    • Luzanne 23 January 2016 / 12:02

      Jippieeee! Ek is bly om te hoor jy gaan hom gebruik vir jou eie beplanning, Yolandi. :)

  15. Rivania Pillay 23 January 2016 / 19:26

    I love this idea! It would help me so much. I definitely can’t wait to start using these. Thank you so much Luzanne! xx
    Rivania | The Glam Unicorn

    • Luzanne 24 January 2016 / 12:34

      My pleasure, Rivania. :) xo

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